About Brian

Brian Stanley joined the Oakland Public Education Fund as its executive director in November 2012. For five years Brian worked in a number of roles at the San Francisco Education Fund where he refined and strengthened program strategy, used data to deepen impact, and led the implementation of two strategic plans. In his last role as Director of Programs he led an array of programmatic work with students (Peer Resources) and teachers (Teacher Professional Development), and rallied the community (Post-Secondary Success and San Francisco School Volunteers) to support public education in San Francisco.


Before joining the Ed Fund he worked at California Tomorrow as Senior Associate for Public Education, Advocacy, and Alliance Building for the Community College Access and Equity Initiative. In this position, Brian oversaw policy development and legislative advocacy focused on developing and strengthening access and equity for vulnerable student populations in California Community Colleges. Prior to working at California Tomorrow, Brian spent seven years as the Director of Black Student Programs providing academic advising, advocacy, and support for Black, Latino, Asian Pacific American, first-generation, and low-income students at Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga.


Brian was born in San Francisco and attended schools in San Francisco and Oakland. After graduating from Oakland High School, he received his B.A. at Saint Mary’s College of California and his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Mills College. He currently lives in West Oakland with his wife, two sons, and their chocolate lab named Wags.


Why the Ed Fund? 
“I had a remarkable series of teachers who saved my life, got me on the right track to college and instilled in me a deep appreciation for the power of public education to build lives and transform communities,” says Brian. “I work here as a way to say thank you to them, and to honor their investment in me by “paying it forward” to the children of this City. I am absolutely committed to ensuring that every child, especially those in high-poverty neighborhoods, has a high-quality public education that enables them to finish high school and earn the college degree essential to building a thriving life economically, socially, and politically. We succeed when students succeed. We only succeed when students succeed.”